Among the things that anti-gay activist
Scott Lively told Ugandans was that “sociopathic” gays were
probably involved in the genocide in Rwanda.
Lively, the founder of the
Massachusetts-based Defend the Family International, on several
occasions traveled to Uganda to push for greater sanctions against
Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni signed a law that increases the penalties for homosexuality
in a nation where gay sex was already illegal. As approved, the law
calls for life imprisonment for the crime of “aggravated
homosexuality.” A previous version of the bill called for the
Western nations, including the United
States, have condemned the law.
In a story published Monday, Mother
Jones' Mariah Blake exposes what Lively told Ugandans.
In a 5-hour televised marathon
presentation held in 2009, Lively claimed that gay men and women were
aggressively recruiting Uganda's children and labeled some gays
“monsters … so far from normalcy that they're killers.”
“They're sociopaths,” he continued.
“There's no mercy at all. There's no nurturing. No caring about
anybody else. … This is the kind of person it takes to run a gas
He added that the genocide in
neighboring Rwanda “probably involved these guys.”
No analogy was too absurd for Lively to
promote, including likening homosexuality to a disease that
overwhelms the immune system.
“The body begins to suffer,
disintegrate,” he told the crowd, which included Ugandan cabinet
members. “We need public policy that discourages homosexuality.”
The story also covers how Lively is
being sued for what he said in Uganda.
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